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June 20, 2018, 10:37 AM

Family Church


Church Family,

Please Pray for VBS tonight. I am so thankful to the teachers and leaders who have been sharing the gospel constantly throughout the week. Tonight, we will specifically talk with the older kids and present the gospel again. Pray that the lost will be saved and the saved will be drawn closer to God.

I can recall sharing the gospel with a grown(40+) man several years ago. His mother was in the room at the time as well. When I asked the man what the Lord was telling him, the mother quickly jumped in. She exclaimed that her son had been baptized as a little boy and didn’t need the gospel. My heart broke. Here was a man that rarely came to church, was caught up in sin, and was trained to live that way from his so called Christian mother.

Matthew 10:37-39 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

I will never be worthy of the gospel. None of us are. In my quiet time today, the Lord impressed upon my heart a deep sadness for situations similar to the one I mentioned above. That sadness spread when I considered how many “family churches” are willing to allow their family members to openly sin and go to Hell for ETERNITY rather than love God more. How often do we keep quiet about the sin of dear cousin, aunt, uncle, close friend, grandpa, husband, etc.? How often do we allow the future generations to hurt because we don’t love God more than keeping family peace? I often use the excuse of how unworthy I am, so how can I dare help someone else. The sad thing is, I never use that excuse when I see my kids acting out or if someone is causing pain to my life, but in the church…. I use it all the time. Lord, forgive me. Forgive us. I pray that somehow that man came to know Jesus as his savior and the mom too.

Reminder:

  1. Pray for the gospel to be boldly and clearly spoken and received tonight. Pray for Gayle and the other leaders by name. Only 2 nights left, 6-8:30pm
  2. Glory Train in concert this Sunday at 6pm.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn


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